Sgt. Robert D. Brown, a 10-year veteran Kentucky police officer, has been accused of having sex with a woman “in exchange” for not charging her with a drug crime.
It’s not clear from this report whether the woman allegedly suggested the “exchange,” or the cop presented her with an ultimatum. Regardless, the woman was being threatened, and she was being threatened over a victimless non-crime, allegedly possession of drug paraphernalia, not even actual drugs. If she relented to letting the cop have sex with her because she was under duress, I think that would be called rape by most anyone’s standards. For whatever reason, when it’s a law enforcement officer involved, and rather than threatening the victim with explicit violence, they’re threatening them with implicit violence in the form of “charges,” it’s always viewed as an “exchange.”